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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Very special and educational experience

Despite coming outside of peak season, they were willing to take us on an evening tour on the off... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bryan Y
One of the best tours on our trip!

We were on a cruise ship touring New Zealand. We booked this excursion online prior to embarking on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shelahlah
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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“nesting boxes” (35 reviews)
“penguins coming” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Despite coming outside of peak season, they were willing to take us on an evening tour on the off chance that we got lucky. And we did! We managed to see a nesting blue penguin and a pair of yellow-eyed penguins as well. It was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a cruise ship touring New Zealand. We booked this excursion online prior to embarking on the cruise. We did have a concern that we would not get back to the pier to catch a tender to the ship but no worries. They...More

Thank Shelahlah
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, thank you for the lovely review and for taking the time to explain some details about the Kayak trip that will be useful for our future visitors. We are so pleased (especially Ben!) that we made you feel comfortable and not rushed. That's...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove from Christchurch to Akaroa. The Pohatu Penguins office is just behind the BNZ bank at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520. The road from Christchurch is called Highway 75 and it is a beautiful drive. The people who work for Pohatu Penguin...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ellen, thank you so much for your kind words about your experience with us. We are always happy to accommodate our visitors as long as we can :) We are also very pleased that the whole experience at Pohatu was very positive for you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a cruise ship and as arranged made contact with the company's representative at the end of the wharf to meet them at 12 noon. Our tour was the 4WD Scenic Nature Safari. The guide was a young woman from Minnesota who was...More

Thank YolkandWhite
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on your Full Nature Nature Safari with us, and for bringing details that will be very helpful for many other visitors :) There is indeed a little bit of a walk down...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing tour to visit a unique family operation trying to preserve a penguin colony. A small group tour over rural terrain to the remote farm. After hand feeding the variety of sheep you see how they rehabilitate injured penquins. There is a short hike...More

Thank Janet R
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Janet, A big thank you for your comment, we feel very special to read that we were the best tour of your holidays, this means a lot. We are always very happy to show people the work we do and try to inspire anyone...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I originally booked the kayak tour leaving from Akaroa, but that day it was very rainy, windy, and cold. Luckily Ben, the person we checked in with on the dock, offered a number of other options for us, and we decided on...More

Thank ehoisington
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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Best of luck and good times for your next excursion

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great way to see a great part of Akaroa when you are wondering how to make the most of your time there. Meet some locals, hear their story about how they set about trying to save the penguins and meet some penguins....More

Thank dandsbatten
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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind comment and recommendation. It is very good to hear that even without penguins you had a good time and we are glad to have shown you around and shared stories of our area. Note that from...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sorry for the lateness of my review, but I could not miss giving you guys a shout out. My husband and I had a blast kayaking with Ben searching for the hidden blue penguins. The bay was beautiful and calm and we got more excited...More

Thank Barolo2012
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there and thank you so much for taking the time to review your Kayaking experience with Ben. We are so pleased to read this was the highlight of your trip!! We are looking forward to your next visit :) Geraldine

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Kayak tour guide, Rocky was delightful and very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well as The human cultural elements off the area. The kayaks were in good shape and the van rid was good. The high point was the geography and the white...More

Thank Irvine A
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, thank you so much for your great rating! It was one of those lucky day to have Hectors dolphins in the bay. Thank you again and all the best to you :) Geraldine

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Thankyou guys for an excellant day. Tour guide was great and the home cooked cakes and cookies were amazing

Thank Jane N
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Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thanks so much, My Aunty Shireen always bakes fresh muffins for the scenic Nature tour so when you guys arrive they are still warm from coming out of the oven. Thanks for coming, have a great rest of your holiday. Averil

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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rumiahmad
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Tina G
2 November 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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